Awake on the Autobahn: Academics, algorithms and accountability
Cathy O’Neil has been one of the most important public voices raising concerns about the indiscriminate use of algorithms in decision making and the danger this presents to society. For many of us, her book ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ has been a powerful motivator for our work and for our students, which makes it all the more puzzling that she wrote a New York Times Op-Ed that accuses academics of “being asleep at the wheel” when it comes to talking and writing about the role of algorithms in society. Here are four ways in which her article incorrectly frames the issues and misrepresents the underlying facts.
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech, by Cathy O’Neil - The New York Times